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The Story of “Use BOTH Sides” Patterns:
These patterns began quite by accident! I knew I needed another element to add to a bee quilt I was making and, out of frustration, I tossed the focus fabric to the top of my work area where part of it flipped over. That’s where the magic of VALUE began!
It felt right that Phoebee (bright, pure) seemed to get her life and vibrancy from the very flowers she was pollinating. She didn’t have a name at the time but once she was “born”, I began trying out names. My husband actually came up with “Phoebee” and when I learned it actually was spelled with two “e’s” and meant “bright, pure” in Greek, the name stuck.
Using BOTH sides of the fabric is a fun lesson in the nuances of value – it’s a way to add a subtle feature to your quilt, the kind that makes you pause, linger to look a little longer.
Another feature of #usebothsides patterns is the scrappy background and the use of four accent strips. I encourage bold choices for these fabrics, mixing a variety of “neutrals” and styles of fabrics. For example, I use word fabrics, chicken wire, batiks, miniature florals, grunge, polka dots, and Kaffe fabrics all together. In my patterns and classes, I also encourage quilters to make a definite contrast in their background style of fabric compared to their focus fabric.
Search for fabrics by comparing the fronts AND the reverse sides.
I knew I wanted to make a French bee and the next fabric I found was perfect for the delicate flowers at the top. So Belle (which means “beauty” in French) was created.
Lily finished out my first series, “Colorful Wings”.
In the “Colorful Petals” series, each vase is made with the reverse of the focus fabric while the bouquet and binding are made from the front. The vases are different sizes and shapes to be proportional to the size and shape of the blooms in the focus fabric, although each can be used with any focus fabric.
Here are the first three patterns in that series, Rose, Emily, and Kate.
Creative Bee Studios patterns have been featured in Nancy’s Notions, Hancock’s of Paducah, and Connecting Threads!
Liberty Quilt Pattern
Purchase patterns in my etsy shop and start using both sides of your fabric!
It’s Sandy at the beach!